445th supports Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria

Chief Master Sgt. Jason LeMaster, 89th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, spots a forklift being loaded into the cargo area of a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Biggs Army Field in El Paso, Texas, for transport to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts Aug. 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O'Reilly)

Chief Master Sgt. Jason LeMaster, 89th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, spots a forklift being loaded into the cargo area of a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Biggs Army Field in El Paso, Texas, for transport to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts Aug. 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O'Reilly)

Master Sgt. Lorenzo Law, 89th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, for loading cargo and Airmen for transport to MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 12, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O'Reilly)

Master Sgt. Lorenzo Law, 89th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, prepares a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, for loading cargo and Airmen for transport to MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts Sept. 12, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O'Reilly)

Members of the 89th Airlift Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, unload cargo from a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III that was transported from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida to aid in the Hurricane Irma relief efforts September 12,  2017.

Members of the 89th Airlift Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, unload cargo from a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III that was transported from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida to aid in the Hurricane Irma relief efforts September 12, 2017. The C-17 also transported members of the 621st Contingency Response Team based out of McGuire. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O'Reilly)

Airmen from the 87th Aerial Port Squadron load cargo onto a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III headed for Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida Monday. Cargo included a pallet of meals ready to eat, a pallet of water and one ISU 90 loaded with cots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

Airmen from the 87th Aerial Port Squadron load cargo onto a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III headed for Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida Monday. Cargo included a pallet of meals ready to eat, a pallet of water and one ISU 90 loaded with cots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

Members of the New York Task Force-1 prepare to board a 445th Airlift C-17 Globemaster III at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia September 8 and were bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico. The group, composed of FDNY and NYPD members trained to respond to catastrophic events, will assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. (Photo credit: NYC Emergency Management)

Seventy five members of the New York Task Force-1 fly onboard a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico after being picked up at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia September 8. The group, composed of FDNY and NYPD members trained to respond to catastrophic events, will assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. (Photo credit: NYC Emergency Management)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --

The 445th Airlift Wing continues to provide support to millions affected by recent hurricanes. The 445th was the first Reserve unit to volunteer and support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

 

The wing flew its first Hurricane Harvey support mission Aug. 27 when it flew cargo to Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

Prior to Hurricane Irma striking Florida, the unit transported an HH-60 helicopter from Patrick Air Force Base, Florida to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia, Sept. 7 to escape the hurricane.

 

On Sept. 9, a Reserve C-17 from the 445th Airlift Wing transported the New York Task Force One to San Juan, Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

 

The unit transported Federal Emergency Management personnel from Indiana’s Task Force One to Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts Sept. 23.

 

To date, C-17s from the 445th have flown 12 missions, airlifting more than 484 passengers and 994,000 pounds of cargo around the globe to places including Texas, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Honduras.

 

Cargo delivered consisted of meals ready to eat, water, power equipment, forklifts, sleeping cots and other supplies in support of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

 

In addition to airlift, 12 Airmen including command post controllers, force support personnel and security forces members deployed to Florida and Georgia to help with efforts there.

 

“To say I’m proud of the 445th is an understatement. The men and women of the 445th have been called into action to provide support and aid to those affected by these disasters,” said Col. Adam Willis, 445th Airlift Wing commander.

 

“We will always answer the call. This is a true testament of how Americans help others in time of need. Our Airmen stand ready to assist as we recovery from these devastating disasters,” he added.

 

Aircrews are currently awaiting taskings for future missions.